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Challenges of Migrant Entrepreneurship in Selected Regions of Central Europe

In: Comparative Sociology
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Tea Golob Dr. & Associate Professor, School of Advanced Social Studies (SASS) Nova Gorica Slovenia

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Petra Kleindienst Dr. & Assistant Professor, SASS Nova Gorica Slovenia

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Matej Makarovič Dr. & Professor, SASS Nova Gorica Slovenia Faculty of Information Studies (FIS) Novo Mesto Slovenia

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Janja Mikulan Kildi Dr. & Teaching Assistant, SASS Nova Gorica Slovenia

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Abstract

This article addresses the migrant entrepreneurship in selected Central European regions by focusing on a general social and legislative framework, as well as migrants’ own perceptions of their challenges, needs, advantages and future prospects. It is based on the combination of secondary data and fieldwork material referring to the interviews and focus groups. The study shows that entrepreneurship is a successful strategy for effective integration into the host society. Migrant entrepreneurs are facing specific challenges in terms of understanding the legislation and the specifics of the local business environment. They often engage in niche services and production. However, they typically see themselves not as migrants but as entrepreneurs and claim to share the needs with entrepreneurs in general.

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